In This Issue: Worship, January 2020

Summary of the January 2020 issue of Worship

Worship is a peer-reviewed, international ecumenical journal for the study of liturgy and liturgical renewal. Founded in 1926 by Virgil Michel, OSB, and the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, Worship is published six times a year in Collegeville, Minnesota. Subscribe to Worship here.


Dialogue, Liturgy, and Truth: The Shape of Things to Come
Lawrence A. Hoffman

Truths come in packaging that affects their nature. There are different wrappings for belief: nowhere is this more visible than in the case of inter-religious dialogue, which is obviously theological, and perhaps ethical too. To meet the ethical challenges of dialogue, a new kind of dialogue must emerge. To meet those challenges, we will need to rethink the nature of religious truth itself. This article explores various forms of dialogue, and proposes transformative dialogue, rooted in the artistry of ritual, as a way forward.

Baptism in Stages: Insight From the Rosebud Indian Reservation
Anthony R. Lusvardi, S.J.

Over the course of the past two decades the Catholic parishes of the Rosebud Indian Reservation (South Dakota) have celebrated infant baptism in stages, distributing the preparatory rites over the three Sundays prior to baptism. This paper explores the pastoral reasons behind this practice, its theological and liturgical precedents, and its implications for the larger Church.

Some Questions About the Consecration
Jozef Lamberts

We first investigate where the strong emphasis on the consecration is coming from. At the same time, we point to some ‘wrong actions’ at consecration. In a second part, we highlight a number of important elements of the consecration according to the renewed liturgy of Vatican II.

Real Men Don’t Wear Pink
Jason Steidl

Twice a year, on Gaudete Sunday and Laetare Sunday, Roman Catholic priests wear pink/rose vestments in accordance with liturgical rubrics. When this occurs, many Catholics express discomfort that priests, who must be male and masculine according to Catholic tradition, wear a color associated with women and femininity in contemporary U.S. culture.

This paper argues that Catholic anxiety about pink/rose vestments is, in the words of gender theorist Judith Butler, a site of “gender trouble.” According to Butler, gender is a social construct that gains credibility through its repeated performance. When failures of gender performance occur, the gender binary breaks apart to reveal its ontological groundlessness. For Catholic priests, pink vestments disclose conflicting accounts of gender performance. Although the Catholic Church claims that priests must be ontologically male, the pink vestments suggest femininity. The failure of pink-wearing priests to perform masculinity according to social constructs is a site where Catholic tradition contributes to the deconstruction of the gender binary.


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